Author Archive: Randall Newton
Randall S. Newton is Managing Editor of GraphicSpeak. He has been writing about engineering and design technologies for more than 25 years.
Enhancements to Frost particle/fluid simulation include support for V-Ray. Thinkbox Software has released an update to Frost MX, its plug-in tool for meshing particles and fluid simulations in Autodesk 3ds Max. Key features of this update include faster performance, integration with V-Ray, and workflow improvements. Thinkbox says the changes in Frost MX 2.0 will double […]
Everybody’s favorite free 3D creation suite adds spherical stereo, improves the rendering, rewrites the Grease Pencil feature and more. The Blender Foundation has released a significant update to Blender, the free and open source 3D creation suite. Used by individuals and small studios across the globe, Blender is the only professional-grade software product that supports […]
Upgraders see 16% productivity gain within 2 months. A recent international survey of design and engineering specialists shows the average user experiences a productivity increase within 2 months of upgrading their primary CAD software. The finding comes from part of a larger survey, the Worldwide CAD Trends 2016 Survey conducted by Business Advantage Group. These […]
Chaos has more going on than rendering. It’s latest version of Phoenix FD is a GPU accelerated fluid dynamics tool that plugs into the leading 3D modeling and animation tools.
An iterative approach to concept modeling that can send 3D data on for final work. Civil engineers have an abundance of data to work with these days: point clouds, site surveys, photogrammetry, and existing GIS data. It can be overwhelming to try to work with this data on a preliminary site design, like a sculptor […]
Purdue University seeks to help its students as well as the technical graphics industry. The 3D PDF Consortium has launched an academic membership category, with Purdue University the first university to join. The team initiating the drive for consortium membership was led by Nathan W. Hartman, Ed.D., Professor and Associate Head of Computer Graphics Technology […]
The answer may be about next year’s earnings per share. Autodesk has announced a new program to repurchase up to 30 million shares of its common stock. This new repurchase program is in addition to the approximately 1.5 million shares that remain to be repurchased from previously announced share repurchase programs. As a public company, […]
FBX export has also been improved, along with workflows with Maya and Lustre. The most recent update to Autodesk Flame brings new 3D scene navigation features, new workflows to improve collaboration, better interoperability with other Autodesk products, and more. Flame is Autodesk’s product for video special effects work, with tools for editing, finishing, and 3D […]
The agreement facilitates scalable, intuitive, physically based rendering for 3D artists and designers. 3D modeling and rendering software specialist Maxon and graphics hardware leader Nvidia have begun a multi-year technical collaboration that gives Maxon access to Nvidia rendering technology, including its Quasi-Monte Carlo (QMC) sampling patent family, Iray ray tracing technology, and Material Definition Language. […]
The complete line, now available in English, includes separate products for BIM/AEC, Landscape, and Entertainment design. Other languages to come. BIM software developer Vectorworks, Inc. has released the English-language versions of its 2017 product line, which includes Vectorworks Architect (AEC/BIM), Landmark (landscape design), Spotlight (entertainment design), Designer (all specialty tools) and Fundamentals (based 3D CAD). […]